Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

11 August 2018

Dropped Catches & Collapses Cost Cavs

The Saturday XI hosted Copdock & OI 3rds today at Mill Road.

The Cavaliers lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a damp wicket. The innings started badly as D Dellar (0) was out in the first over, but F Murtaza and N Jalib batted well together to get the Cavaliers up to 45/1 before Murtaza (24) was run out due to confusion caused by a dropped catch! Jalib then combined with P Kannan in a third wicket partnership of 44 to get the Cavs up to 89/2 from 17 overs, but three quick wickets saw the score slip to 93/5 as Jalib (26), R Rasheed (0) and Kannan (23) all deaparted. With P Johnson (4) out soon afterwards, H Ahamed and N Hussain set about rebuilding the innings as the Cavaliers reached 130/6 from 31 overs but another cluster of wickets saw Hussain (4), H Ahamed (23) and S Riaz (1) dismissed as the Cavs reached 134/9 in the 34th over. The last pair then added 10 further runs before N Davidson (8) was out; D Young (1*) the undefeated batsman as the Cavs finished on 144 all out from 37.5 overs.

The Cavaliers kept things tight as the second innings began, with R Rasheed bowling an excellent opening spell of 10-6-6-1 and N Davidson opening with a spell of 5-0-8-0. With no wickets falling in the first 10 overs (Rasheed's wicket came in the 17th), Dellar turned to N Hussain who struck twice in his first two overs. With Copdock reaching 40/3 at drinks (22 overs), the Cavs were in control of the run rate, but a series of dropped catches and some frantic running from the Copdock batsmen saw the opposition recover before Hussain (11-3-52-4) struck twice in an over. After unlucky spells from S Riaz (6-0-27-0) and H Ahamed (1-0-15-0), Dellar turned back to his openers R Rasheed (14-6-22-1) and N Davidson (7-0-20-0) before F Murtaza (2.1-0-8-0) had a spell as Copdock reached 145/5 from 41.1 overs, winning by 5 wickets.

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